A Cappella

A cappella (adj): Italian for "in the manner of the church." Today, it means singing without instrumental accompaniment.

Contrary to popular belief, music doesn't always have to have instruments. Before instruments even existed, people made music with just their voices, harmonizing with each other to make a cohesive song. Now, with the rise of a cappella music, people are going back to those roots, but with a twist.

UF No Southern Accent

The style "A cappella" has taken on an edgier roll. Groups from high school-aged students to full-grown adults write versions of popular songs without instruments. They've started not only utilizing the voice, but using the entire body. Beat boxers move their mouths to sound like drums, soloists stomp with the beat, singers put their hands over their mouths to purposefully muffle the sound. It's amazing how many sounds the body can make on its own, and a cappella artists are continually exploring this idea.

The musical side of a cappella is interesting as well. It is said that a cappella songwriters arrange songs to sound better than their originals, which is a lofty goal. But it has been proven to be an obtainable one as songs are continually more creative and dynamic.

I'm a member of No Southern Accent, the University of Florida's co-ed a cappella group. That may make me slightly biased, but I think that a cappella is one of the best genres of music and is at a very exciting point in its history right now. It's growing exponentially in numbers and popularity, and it's becoming well-respected as an art form.

Explore my website to find out more about a cappella, and check out the multimedia page to see pictures of No Southern Accent as well as videos of other a cappella groups. Enjoy!